Industry Market Trends
Fabricators & Manufacturers Assoc. Int'l to Hold Skills Gap Summit
April 29, 2013
One of the prominent manufacturing industry associations working on solving the manufacturing skills gap is the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA). One way to do this is aligning manufacturing education with the real-world needs of industry employers. To that end, the FMA will host an event called the T.E.A.M. (for Technology Educators And Manufacturers) Summit 2013 in Anoka, Minn., in late May. The T.E.A.M. Summit will bring together manufacturing technology educators from community colleges, technical and trade schools, and universities with employers for roundtable discussions, work-group sessions, and presentations on solutions for developing well-rounded high- and middle-skill manufacturing employees. Among the topics will be apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, and credentialing. The conference will take place May 20-22 at Anoka Technical College. Attendees will listen to technology educators and manufacturing human resource managers on best practices and methods for establishing such workforce development programs, and also have networking time with them. Keynote speakers will be Gabrielle Caputo, commercial product manager for Kelly Services, and Franklin Maccotain, underwriting consulting director of the manufacturing segment for insurance company CNA, respectively. Also scheduled are tours of two local manufacturers, Wilson Tool International and Pentair Equipment Protection Solutions, both of which have developed apprenticeship and internship programs. The conference is designed for manufacturing technology instructors and program administrators; manufacturing members involved with hiring, employee training, and skills development management; manufacturing placement specialists from employment agencies; and representatives from state, regional, and local government workforce investment boards. IMT Career Journal will be at the FMA T.E.A.M. Summit as a participant and to provide coverage of the conference. For more on the event, visit http://fmanet.org. FMA represents more than 2,300 individuals and company members in the North American metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry.